As I’m going to not be posting between now and the new year I thought I would put my top picks of this year down now.
These aren’t the only ones I loved and there is no order to them, they are simply some of the ones released this year as far as I know that stand out in my mind.
The Flying Orchestra – Clare McFadden
The Last Viking – Norman Jorgensen/James Foley
The Jewelfish of Karnak – Graeme Base
Violet Mackeral’s Natural Habitat – Anna Branford
Mystery in Paris – Thea Stilton (As with the rest of the series)
The Amazing Voyage – Geronimo Stilton (really I love the whole series)
Fiction 8 – 12
Eight Keys – Suzanne LaFleur
The Medusa Plot – Gordon Korman
Wonderstruck – Brain Selznick
Young Adult Fiction
Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor
The Extraordinaires – Michael Pryor
Mastiff – Tamora Pierce
It’s that time of year and I get asked for these titles all the time, so here they are.
An Aussie Night Before Christmas – Yvonne Morrison/Kilmeny Niland
An Aussie Day Before Christmas – Kilmeny Niland
Santa’s Aussie Holiday – Maria Farrer/Anna Walker
Six White Boomers – Rolf Harris/Bruce Whatley
Aussie Jingle Bells – Colin Buchanan/Nick Bland
Fair Dinkum Aussie Christmas – Colin Buchanan/Kilmeny Niland
Announced today was the trailer for the much anticipated film version of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
Just to refresh your memory here is a Lord of the Rings super trailer.
It’s less than a week until Christmas and I’m in the festive spirit so I thought it would be a good time to share a few videos of Christmas stories. All of these tales can be found in book form for you to share with your little ones.
Firstly because I come from the southern hemisphere where it’s hot.
Now for something a little more traditional.
A new poster and I have to say I think it looks great. The Hunger Games juggernaut it seems is gathering momentum.
By: Judi Abbot
Mouse wishes to spend christmas with his friends, so when the invitation arrives, he is very excited. He has so much to do before he can go though and somehow things keep going wrong. While his friends travel from all over and arrive at Rabbit’s Mouse experiences one disaster after another. Will he ever get his christmas wish?
This is a beautiful little story about christmas and friendship. Mouse is an adorable little character whom you can’t help but like and feel sorry for. The illustrations are simple, bold and appealing. For a nice christmas story with the focus away from presents and santa this is a choice well worth looking at.
Publisher: Picture Corgi
Published: 29 September 2011
Format: Paperback 32 pages
Categories: Animal Stories, Christmas
ISBN 13: 9780552563246
Purchase: here or use Booktopia logo on side of page
By: Birdie Black
Illustrations: Rosalind Beardshaw
Christmas is a time of sharing and giving and this story is more about one piece of cloth than any particular character. The story is the journey of the cloth from a large piece and the gift commissioned for a princess by a king, down to the smallest of left over pieces used to make something for a little mouse. These gifts are made from the heart and this is a beautiful tale about the spirit of giving. The illustrations are simple, subdued in tone and really work. Reading this made me feel like going and hugging my kids. A lovely simple tale with heart.
Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
Published: 28 September 2011
Format: Hardback 32 pages
Categories: Christmas, Animals, Gifts
ISBN 13: 9780857630308
Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page
Barking Gecko Theatre in Western Australia developed a stage version of the brilliant book, The Red Tree by Shaun Tan.
Here is a clip of behind the scenes, how it all came to be, with comments from Shaun himself.
Oh I would so take my girls to something like this.
A stage version of the modern classic written by Sam McBratney. It combines books and performance how could you not love this.